About the Festival

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As a visitor
Whether you’re chatting with artists, listening to live music or making your own creation, there’s always plenty of festival to experience at the Park Point Art Fair, where you’ll find: 

  • 120 juried artists from the Midwest and beyond displaying and selling work in media such as clay, fiber, glass, painting, photography, jewelry, woodwork and sculpture.
  • Free admission and parking
  • An accessible, pine-lined path tucked between Lake Superior and the St. Louis Bay connects visual artists on display with other fair activities
  • A performance area featuring live music and entertainment
  • Food vendors selling everything from BBQ and gyros to kettle corn and ice cream
  • Art making opportunities for the young and the young at heART
  • Artist demonstrations in different media
  • A grassroots, volunteer-led event that uses proceeds to fund community projects

This annual celebration of art and community is held the last weekend of June on the sandy shores of Duluth’s unique Park Point neighborhood.

As an artist 
Many artists and festival goers alike consider this one of the region’s—if not the state’s—premiere art fairs.

Exhibition spaces are situated beside a paved path, allowing artists to unload work right where they exhibit. During show hours, you get the support of volunteers who supply everything from water to “booth-sitting” to a little friendly humor. And you’re invited to join us for an artist and volunteer dinner, a tradition that’s fostered friendships over the course of decades.

Accessibility
The set-up at the art fair is extremely convenient allowing artists to park directly behind their tent. 
Artists who would otherwise not be able to participate because of the demands of hauling and set up are accommodated by this arrangement.

Awards 
This is a juried event with more than $1,300 in annual show awards.

Size
In determining participants, we keep the overall number to 110 to help selected artists better stand out.

More about the Event The Art Fair began in 1970 with visual artists setting their work on blankets at a playground during the early spring smelt run—but the audience of fishermen weren’t biting. Event organizers adapted, moving the date to the last weekend in June and moving to the expansive Recreation Area at the end of Park Point, situated between the bay and lake. The event soon began drawing participating artists from across the state for what would become a welcome annual rite of Duluth summer—not just for the grass roots volunteer organization that founded the event, but for the greater community. Now, over four decades later, this festival with free admission and free parking has grown to attract an estimated 11,0000 visitors for a weekend celebration centered on the exceptional work of professional artists from throughout the Midwest. The event grew to feature an ideal number for the geographic space: 110 juried artists, which ensures a diversity of high quality art while not saturating the respective artists in eight visual categories.

The Park Point Art Fair (PPAF) has traditionally connected high caliber artists directly with the community, and seeks to continue doing so while providing a varied, engaging and meaningful art experience to attendees. The PPAF is an annual showcase of visual artwork by 120 juried artists working in clay, photography, painting, printmaking, mixed media, sculpture, fiber, jewelry, wood and glass. The art fair hires a jury that consists of a panel of art professionals (i.e. working artists, art educators, professors or curators) who judge applicants’ work based on craftsmanship, originality, consistency and design.

 

Artist comments
Whether it’s their first time at the event or they’ve been coming back for years, artists make a point of telling us they appreciate everything from the setting to the attendance to the special attention they receive from Park Point Community Club volunteers.

This community is super and really supports the show and my artwork wow!

Of the 38 tp 40 shows we do each year for the past 30 years Park Point is one of our favorites.

You must be doing something right as our sales have gone up every year for the last three years. This year with the poor economy it was a thrill to do so well.

Park Point is a delightful fun setting for a show.

Park Point is one of the most beautiful places in Minnesota, I always arrive early to explore the pine forest and beach.